This is the second edition of the Light Painting Tools Buying Guide. This article contains information and links to a wide range of companies from around the world that manufacture tools for light painting photographers. Whilst I have listed the country of origin for each company, most ship worldwide. Based on feedback, I have added a few more "flow arts" orientated manufacturers. If you want more information on the best torches/flashlights for light painting photography, then check out my flashlight buying guide.
Light Painting Brushes (USA)
One of the original and most well known light painting systems created by Jason D Page. Light Painting Brushes produce an extensive range of light painting tools including plexiglass blades, fiber optic brushes, light swords, light writers, light pens, glitter sticks, and the occasional limited edition product. These tools connect to a wide range of torches/flashlights via the Universal Connector.
Ants On A Melon (USA)
Ants On A Melon (AOAM) burst back into the light painting scene in 2022 with the best RGB flashlight on the market, the RGB Critter 2.0. This is compatible with an extensive range of light painting tools including the Modular Sol Saber, Modular Lumi Saber, Light Painting Blades, BitWhip, Jupiter Rope, Fiber Optic Dusters, Orb Tool, and Illuminator. AOAM products are also very popular in the flow arts and EDM scene. AOAM are always busy with research and development, and I'm sure we will see more exciting products in 2024.
AOAM website. 5% off with code: KNIGHT
Light Painting Paradise (Spain)
One of the original light painting companies, originally known as Herramientas Light Painting. Light Painting Paradise (LPP) produce a flexible range of professional quality light painting tools including plexi rods, plexiglass shapes/blades, fiber optic brushes, colour filters, and fiber optic cables. LPP took a temporary break in part of 2023, after the awesome LightPainter Ryu's Lightworks flashlight was discontinued. 2024 is likely to bring some interesting new products for the light painting community, with the new Orb Tool already released.
Light Painting Paradise website - 10% off with code: Stephen Knight
Light Painting Tubes / The Light-Painting Store (Canada)
Light Painting Tubes was created by tube light painting and YouTube aficionado Eric Pare. The company sells an extensive range of T8 tubes, Holosquares, and lots of accessories. Other products include the Needle Light and Light Painting Whips which are compatible with connectors from Light Painting Brushes and Liteblades.
Luminosify was founded in 2021, and sell a wide range of different T8 tubes, known as "Choobs", between 40cm and 1m in length. The unique Tri-Colour Evolved Choobs are proving to be very popular with light painters, with new Choobs added during 2023.
Liteblades was originally created in 2013 by light painting pioneer Patrick Rochon, with the store now run by Eric Pare. Liteblades produce the KYO Blade and KYO Tube connectors which connects various Klarus XT11 series flashlights to a wide range of light blades and other tools respectively. The KYO Blade allows two light blades to be inserted for some cool mid-air effects.
Lumenman tools are created by photographer Bernhard Rauscher. Lumenman sells a range of light blades, V25 light rod, and the unique Spira tool, which connect to torches via the Lumenman connector.
Lightpainting.me sell a range of light painting blades, adapters, specialist torches, and remote switches for torches. During 2023, lightpainting.me introduced the Magic-Light RGB torch/flashlight, and impressive looking Magic-Tube pixel tube for creating light trails.
Light Painting King (Germany)
Light Painting King sell a range of T8 tubes (including waterproof versions) and light blades, as well as torch specific T8 tube adapters. They are also the German distributor for Ants On A Melon.
Light Painting Accessories (UK/Netherlands)
Mark Cox (UK) and Cor Dielemens (Netherlands) make useful 3D printed light painting accessories including a RGB Critter to Luminosify Choobs/Light Painting Brushes/Light Painting Paradise adapters, Ryu's to Luminosify adapter, and coloured Cone Tips for Luminosify Choobs and Light Painting Brushes Collapsible Swords. Contact via social media. Lightinguptheport Instagram. Facebook. Cor Dielemans Instagram. Lightpaintingaccessories Instagram.
Nanlite make a large range of photography lights. Most interesting for light painters is the Nanlite Pavotube T8-7X which is a 3ft long light tube with 10 pixel effects modes.
LighTubePro sells a range of T8 tubes and a small selection of light blades.
DKL Pro Tools (Spain)
Children of Dark Light produce the Scanner DKL Pro tool for light calligraphy and illumination. Contact via social media.
Threeworlds is a "music, movement, and meditation" company based on the Gold Coast in Australia. They sell the RGB Concentrate C5 light unit, glow staffs, poi products, and lots of musical instruments.
Carles Domenech (Spain)
Carles Domenech sells an wide range of unique light painting tools, including the Degradeitor and Trazador V2.0 light bars.
Ignis Shop (Czech Republic)
Ignis produce a wide range of flow arts tools including colour changing pois, hula hoops, sticks, staffs, and a colour changing RGB torch for light painting.
L.A.C.E. sells a 3D printed Backlight Scanner, with custom sized connector for your choice of torch/flashlight. Contact via social media.
DARIUSTWIN, AKA light drawing stop motion expert Darren Pearson, sells the Night-Writer light pen, and Egg Light, though at the time of writing these were not available.
Flow arts manufacturer, and creator of the Pixelwhip 4. Sold by other re-sellers in some markets.
Flow arts manufacturer, and creator of the Space Whip Remix, Cosmic Cable, and Hypno Levitation Wand.
Lighttoys (Czech Republic)
Pyroterra Lighttoys are a high end, flow arts manufacturer of the programmable Visual Poi, Visual Wand, Visual Hoop, and LED Buugeng.
Flow arts manufacturer with a wide range of products including the programmable Future Hoop, Future Poi, and Future Staff.
Fotorgear produce the Magilight pixel light painting pixel stick. I have received some negative feedback from light painters related to poor reliability and support.
Lume Tools (Spain)
Lume Tools sells a calligraphy Light Bar and Backlight Scanner. Contact via social media.
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